Prep Your Home for Sale
Outside Your Home
- Cut the lawn every week during the marketing period.
- Edge the lawn up the driveway and along the sidewalks (both front and back) for a finished look.
- Trim all shrubbery and remove low lying tree limbs. Fertilize your lawn to make grass look lush and green.
- Replace downed shutters, gutters, downspouts. Remove debris from gutters and downspouts.
- Paint any trim that is blistering.
- Repaint or re-stain the front door to create a pleasant first impression.
Inside Your Home
- Paint rooms that look fingerprinted, worn of faded.
- Have the wall to wall carpets and draperies cleaned.
- Fix any dripping faucets. Perhaps only a new washer is needed.Replace old caulking around the bathtubs. This can be done with one tube of new caulking and putty knife.
- Spray lubricant on all squeaking doors, windows, closets and cabinets.
- Store out of season clothing so the closets do not have a cluttered look.
- Remove items from the floor of walk-in closets so that prospects can have easy access.
- Stack all items in the basement and garage against the wall to show maximum space.
- Vacuum the garage, basement, rafters and all floors.
- If there are too many appliances on the kitchen counter, put away some to expose maximum counter space.
- Pre-pack items that may clutter your home. Extra toys in the children’s room and nick-nacs may actually make rooms appear smaller than they are.
- Clean your home from top to bottom. A professional cleaning service can do this for you.